Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt (born 17 April 1974) is a Swedish musician who achieved fame as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth as well as the former lead vocalist of death metal band Bloodbath. He was the vocalist and guitarist for the band Sörskogen, the guitarist of the band Steel, and is part of the collaboration Storm Corrosion.
He is known for his progressive rock-influenced songwriting style and his frequent use of both clean and growled vocals. On stage, he is very interactive with audiences, frequently cracking jokes and giving humorous anecdotes between songs.
Åkerfeldt earned 9th place in the book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists and, along with Peter Lindgren, was ranked #42 out of 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all time by Guitar World.